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Cycle Ops Roller Trainer- Anyone Try It With a Vintage 3-speed? 10-speed?

Old 01-07-15, 10:22 AM
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Cycle Ops Roller Trainer- Anyone Try It With a Vintage 3-speed? 10-speed?

A couple of months ago I bought a slightly used Cycle Ops roller trainer. The big reason I did so was to lay the back wheel (and maybe chock the front ones) of my Expedition tadpole trike and enjoy easy chair comfort while I worked out over the winter. It also had an appeal to my parsimonious side- if I used a bike on it I'd not end up with a worn-out rear tire and an immaculate front one. The claim that one could greatly improve riding finesse by keeping their balance on such a thing also made sense.

Right now, like most pieces of exercise equipment in America, it sits here unused. In fact, it's still in the box the seller shipped it in. However the reason for that is- in my case- rearranging my small house for the space to lay it down with the trike and a bike or two handy with some elbow room. With the holidays now part of history, I plan on accomplishing that and start some serious pedaling in place.

Before I bought it, I watched a variety of YouTube videos, some quite informative, some vain, and some downright slapstick guffaw-yielding funny of people using them- it looked doable (and who cares about falling down with a recumbent trike, anyway?). However, in the clips it appears everyone is using a modern road bike. So how well would this work with the old stuff- are three speeds enough to get going immobily mobile with this rig? Or should I just get on it and- harking back the days when Dad decided I no longer needed the training wheels on the Huffy Convertible- mentally prepare myself to a round or two of falling down failure?

(By the way, I did not fall down on the Huffy...)
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I'm trying to follow along with what you are asking, but first I'll assume you are talking about a set of rollers, not a trainer.
Like these? https://www.cycleops.com/product/rollers

As to using a two-wheeled bike, it doesn't really matter how many gears the bike has or how it shifts, all that ultimately really matters is that the wheel and roller spacing match well to each other. Apart from that just set it up in a doorway or hallway until you get the hang of riding the rollers so you can brace yourself if you go off balance.

For using the three-wheeler/trike on the rollers, set it on the rollers and block up the front tires so everything sits level, then go to town on it (virtually speaking).

Here's a bmx bike on rollers showing that if it fits it should work:

Trike on a trainer which might work better than rollers for a trike:

Recumbent 2-wheeler on rollers:

Hope this helps, or at least provides some entertainment.
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As treebound says, match the roller spacing to the bikes wheelbase, the frame will be drilled so you can move the front roller fore or aft. The front axle should be over or slightly behind the center of the front roller. Older bikes will work fine although smooth tires will give a more pleasant and quieter ride. Wedge yourself in a doorway, hang on with one hand get up to speed, let go and look ahead not down.
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If I understand your intent, you plan to put the back wheel of the trike on the rollers but not the front ones? I'm not sure that will work spatially - you might have to turn the trike around, which would take up a lot of floor space. Also, the rear wheel drives the front in a typical roller setup. This drive mechanism involves some work and friction. Without it, I'm afraid you'll be free-spinning without getting much of a workout. All I can say is try it and see. Like others said, there's no reason the 3-speed won't work as long as it fits the rollers well and the tires are reasonably smooth.
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